At Red Dot Cuisine, crabmeat cocktails garnished with mango caviar arrive at tables with an unexpected twist: the cocktail glass serves as the top of a mini fish bowl, with an actual goldfish inside doing laps. It's just one of the creative touches that make Red Dot's upscale bistro into a dining experience. The bar, lunch, and dinner menus combine Indian and American cuisine elements, yielding dishes such as the tandoori turkey panini with cranberry-flavored mayo. Specialty cocktails such as lychee martinis and tamarind mojitos complement meals, and an eclectic roster of desserts includes raspberry chocolate cake and fried Oreos with Shiner Bock ice cream.
Taking its name from the Mayan word for hummingbird, Zunum strives to fill mealtime with harmony and joy. Silhouettes of trees cling to the walls of the airy dining room that overlooks Zunum World, a play area for kids. The menu runs the gamut, with pastas, salads, paninis, and burgers that pair with glasses of wine.
At Takuma Japanese Grill, master chefs dazzle diners with their teppanyaki talent, show off exotic sushi species, and dice up a menu of delectable Japanese fare intermingled with Latin, Southwest, and Caribbean flavors. Begin taste tours with crab-stuffed mushrooms ($4.95), tuna tartar ($8.95), or a baked avocado packed with crab, lobster, and a fiery sesame Japanese aioli ($7). To experience an exciting sushi adventure with a happy ending, eaters can select the Surprise Me Chef roll ($13.50)—which lets the chef choose on a whim what to roll up—or ask for nine other specialty rolls crafted with everything from strawberries and jalapeños to fried crawfish, cilantro, mango curry sauce, crab tempura, and more.
For the past 15 years, Smoothie Factory has grown countrywide as a trusted supplier of puréed produce and nutritional supplements. Made with all real fruit, Smoothie Factory's flavorful creations ($3.99 for a 20-oz.; $5.78 for a 32-oz.; $6.48 for a 44-oz.) make a fine component for both mouths and abandoned food pyramids. Concoct a blended beverage from numerous taste-bud stimuli such as strawberry, açai, and pomegranate, which can be infused with flavorings including honey or peanut butter as well as nutritional boosts such as a body-balancing multivitamin or amino-acid-rich bee pollen formula. Fans of un-slurpable sustenance can opt to abandon straws in favor of cups piled high with swirls of green tea or original flavored frozen yogurt ($2.95+). Already ripe with calcium, protein, and potassium, the healthful helpings are further enhanced by the addition of toppings ($1 for one topping; $1.50 for wo toppings; $2 for three toppings), including fresh fruit, nuts, sprinkles, candies, and spoons.
A 250-foot granite-top bar, comfortable booths, and a shaded patio area unite patrons of Jack's Place with ample opportunity to comfortably silence crooning stomachs. As they dine under the glow of the massive Jack Daniels chandelier and tackle appetizers to a cadence provided by the 64-speaker surround system, patrons can peruse a complete menu of specialties including the chicken-fried steak with roasted jalapeño country gravy ($11.49). Exclusive seasoning rubs prepare the 6-ounce filet mignon ($15.99) for table trips, as well as the slow-grilled fajitas ($12.99 for beef; $14.99 for shrimp), which arrive on a steaming hot Comal with onions, pico de gallo, seasoned rice, and homemade tortillas. After cleaning off plates, diners can reward themselves with a big bad brownie steak topped with cinnamon ice cream ($6.99) or a rousing game of pool to keep hungry corner pockets from complaining out of jealousy.
In 1252 AD, King Alfonso X?nicknamed "The Wise"?took the throne of Spain. One of the many things he did to earn his nickname, besides creating the creature known as Larry King, was to introduce the idea of tapas, which completely changed the way people ate. Named for the year of King Alfonso's coronation, 1252 Tapas Bar brings the now centuries-old tradition of small, shareable dishes to Texas.
Its chefs serve delightfully plated portions of bacon-wrapped sea scallops in saffron cream, baby grilled octopus, marinated pork skewers, and fried potatoes. They also delight diners with open-faced sandwiches known as montaditos, pans of sizzling paella, and churros deemed by the Houston Press to be "some of the best churros around." The spread is complemented by live Latin tunes on Tuesdays, cover bands on Wednesdays, and DJs spinning energetic beats late night on Thursdays and Saturdays.
This particular recipe of fine dining has found success and various press mentions. For example, the Houston Press named the eatery's Uptown Park location the second-best tapas place in Houston.
Cuisine Type: Cuisine of Spain
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Paella, Montaditos & Tapas
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out: Parking garage
Outdoor Seating: Yes